Who we are

CRNSA is the regional representative of national children’s rights networks in Southern Africa. We have been tasked with promoting practices and policies that fulfil children’s rights and welfare through national child rights networks across the sub-continent. We engage with national child rights networks operating in member states of the Southern  African Development Community (SADC) as well as with regional and international institutions such as the African Union (AU), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the Pan African Parliament (PAP), and NEPAD (New Path for Africa’s Development) for improved quality of life for children.

We were established in 2012 to improve child rights governance in Southern Africa. Our mandate is to strengthened country child rights networks that protect and promote the rights of children to ensure appropriate child development and child participation in decisions that affect them.

11.9 million

Children in South Africa living in poverty


Girls in Mozambique
married by age 17


Children in Namibia orphaned by AIDS


Child­ headed households
in South Africa

How we started

The Child Rights Network for Southern Africa (CRNSA) was established as a key output of the Second Southern Africa Conference on child rights, held at the Pan African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1­12 November 2012.

The Conference focused on building a strong child rights movement in Southern Africa, and was hosted by Save the Children, the SADC Council of NGOs, the Pan African Parliament, Supertron and CRNSA.

CRNSA arose out of a realisation that the promotion of children’s rights faced the same legal, administrative, budgetary and attitudinal gaps, weaknesses, problems and challenges across Southern African.

Strategic plan

CRNSA’s 2015­2019 Strategic Plan focuses on five key areas:

  1. Capacity building and strengthening·
  2. Research, lobbying and advocacy
  3. Communication and dissemination of information·
  4. Child rights monitoring, evaluation and reporting·
  5. Organisational development

To date CRNSA has a presence in 9 SADC countries, namely
Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia,
South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Vision and Mission

A Southern Africa where children’s rights are protected, promoted and fulfilled.

To promote practices and policies in the SADC that fulfil children’s rights and welfare through national networks, and engage with regional and international institutions to improve quality of life for children.


The Coordinator of the CRNSA Secretariat is Dr Musavengana Chibwana. He holds a degree in Development Studies, a diploma in personnel management, a Master of Philosophy on children’s rights and a Doctor of Philosophy on social policy. His experience spans more than ten years of doing policy advocacy, including working with the Capernaum Trust, Progressio, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and the Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Program (SWHAP).

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